Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Exec Jet Club expands to Ocala International Airport (KOCF)

OCALA - Gainesville-based Exec Jet Club recently opened an aircraft maintenance, management and charter operation at Ocala International Airport.

Ed Rennia, Exec Jet Club general manager, said the company is doing maintenance on general aviation craft at the airport with four full-time employees and two floating between Gainesville and Ocala.

Rennia said Exec Jet Club's coverage includes North, Central and South America, adding the company has its own jets as well as jets it manages for other people.

“We go wherever charters are, but we're trying to develop a charter market out of Ocala, as well,” he said.

“We've done a few trips out of there sporadically, but we want to try and build the business up to where local people who need a charter will call us direct.”

A key target market is Marion County's horse industry, Rennia said.

The move fills a need of aircraft maintenance in particular, according to Matt Grow, director of Ocala International Airport.

“We push the notion of a full-service facility, and to have a full-service facility, you need to have a full-service maintenance operation,” Grow said. “Exec Jet Club provides that.”

Rennia said Exec Jet Club is exploring the idea of adding service featuring smaller, turboprop planes, as soon as the new year.

“If someone wants to go to Orlando or Miami or Atlanta, that would be more competitive than a jet on a short trip like that,” he said. “That would be another service we would look to expand to Ocala.”

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